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12-13-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

A couple decades back, there was a guy who would...

A couple decades back, there was a guy who would dig up landfills to quantify what was taking up the most room, and the big three were newspaper, disposable diapers and phone books. I gotta figure...
12-13-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

I do a lot of very long rides many in 90 degree +...

I do a lot of very long rides many in 90 degree + weather, and I do tend to perspire a bit. I don't doubt there are all sorts of personal factors that affect helmet wear, could even be the shapes of...
12-13-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 431
Posted By livedarklions

That last sentence is very context dependent. If...

That last sentence is very context dependent. If you have enough energy to pedal hard on the downhill and the uphill, you will be marginally faster than if you only pedal hard on the uphill. You're...
12-13-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

No idea who started the 3 year thing, probably...

No idea who started the 3 year thing, probably LBS/bike mag/industry bs. Snell recommends 5 years, and CPSC recommend 5-10 years.
12-12-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

Which would have been fine if he hadn't been...

Which would have been fine if he hadn't been expressing his blanket disapproval of people who disregarded this 3-5 year "rule".
12-12-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,568
Posted By livedarklions

Not a new phenomenon:...

Not a new phenomenon: https://www.tonylester.co.uk/how-a-stamp-led-to-murder/
12-12-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 343
Posted By livedarklions

I just use my cell phone and run Komoot on it. ...

I just use my cell phone and run Komoot on it. It doesn't do all that leaderboard crap, and it gives me real time speed and distance, which are generally the stats I'm interested in.
12-12-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 343
Posted By livedarklions

I tried Strava for my first relatively long ride...

I tried Strava for my first relatively long ride at the beginning of spring and didn't like it, so exactly 70 miles. I did contribute 6930 miles to Komoot however.
12-12-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 431
Posted By livedarklions

OK, but I think the hypothetical ratios make a...

OK, but I think the hypothetical ratios make a good point--that there has to be a bigger difference in ratios to have a practical effect on riding downhill than uphill.
12-12-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,568
Posted By livedarklions

So, when should people die? If there were a...

So, when should people die? If there were a shooting during a dispute over a stamp collection, would that be a stamp collecting safety issue?
12-12-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 431
Posted By livedarklions

These ratios are so small that on anything but...

These ratios are so small that on anything but the smallest down hill, pedaling on either bike is likely to be useless.
12-12-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 903
Posted By livedarklions

Stainless would not have to be painted and would...

Stainless would not have to be painted and would look cool. Obviously, those attributes haven't been enough to popularize titanium, but do you get those benefits cheaper with stainless?
12-11-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 943
Posted By livedarklions

Eulogy humor is a dangerous art form. ...

Eulogy humor is a dangerous art form.

Probably the right call.
12-11-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

And when I buy a new helmet from a LBS, I'm...

And when I buy a new helmet from a LBS, I'm betting without knowing that they're as scrupulous as yours. Or that the truck the helmets were shipped was properly packed and they didn't bounce around...
12-11-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

I'm being argumentative here because you made the...

I'm being argumentative here because you made the very argumentative point that people who didn't discard a perfectly normal-looking helmet after 5 years were somehow "betting their lives" in a...
12-11-19, 03:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By livedarklions

A newbie who does centuries with 8000 feet of...

A newbie who does centuries with 8000 feet of climb?!
12-11-19, 03:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By livedarklions

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1020x680/gettyimages_3319674_7e0917d0a2ac5228144cf27450b6b86c1130fede.jpg
One of these on the handlebars is about what it takes for earbuds.
12-11-19, 02:57 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

You can say that again!

You can say that again!
12-10-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

" He would have survived the crash, but his...

" He would have survived the crash, but his helmet was six years old " said no one, ever.

Oh, and your last sentence really gives away the game. That's right, we can tell the difference between a...
12-10-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By livedarklions

Don't ever underestimate his micturition skills! ...

Don't ever underestimate his micturition skills!

I believe he is the authoritative expert in the field of Expert Authority of Things Sundry and Ill-Defined, and has received the award of the...
12-10-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

Great post! I'm a strict adherent of the...

Great post!

I'm a strict adherent of the "try stuff" method of bike selection. Those are some great examples of people finding they like something they weren't thinking of and ending up not being...
12-10-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By livedarklions

I don't think I learned anything I didn't already...

I don't think I learned anything I didn't already know, thank you. Since I can't really remember the incident, it's a bit hard to know what was going through my head, but yes I have been aware since...
12-10-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By livedarklions

Sorry, but I don't think that's how any of this...

Sorry, but I don't think that's how any of this works. I just got hit by a car a couple weeks ago. I really don't remember actually getting hit, but nearest I can paste it together, the sun got in my...
12-10-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 14,846
Posted By livedarklions

I just realized that the Checker cabs were...

I just realized that the Checker cabs were absurdly common at the time of that song, and they've now disappeared. I didn't appreciate them until they were gone.
12-10-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By livedarklions

I think we're rerunning an argument we've had...

I think we're rerunning an argument we've had here before. We already know those are risk factors, how does knowing the details of any given incident tell me something about lighting, for example,...
12-10-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By livedarklions

I find the uninformed post-mortems based on the...

I find the uninformed post-mortems based on the sketchy information publicly available quite distasteful. This always degenerates into a debate over whether or not to blame the dead guy, and I don't...
12-10-19, 01:22 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

Five years is arbitrary, and there's really no...

Five years is arbitrary, and there's really no reason to believe you're making yourself safer by replacing a helmet that isn't showing significant damage or wear. To buy into your "bet" logic, you...
12-10-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

My only. quibble is with the "when (not if)." ...

My only. quibble is with the "when (not if)." Riding the hoods on the kinds of bikes being described really isn't that different from riding a flat bar, and our expectations of what other people...
12-09-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

I've seen many people pick up a bike after...

I've seen many people pick up a bike after decades of never sitting on one. It comes back to you immediately, and 72 isn't that old these days. Never once have I ever heard anyone say they had to...
12-09-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

The two parts of your post that were...

The two parts of your post that were correct--like I said, there's a world of difference between having never ridden and used to ride a long time ago. I take it as a given that the OP is smart...
12-09-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 847
Posted By livedarklions

Nine more posts and you'll be able to post...

Nine more posts and you'll be able to post pictures.

There's no model name on the bike? Does it just say "Giant"?
12-09-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 903
Posted By livedarklions

Semi-related question: Has there ever been a...

Semi-related question: Has there ever been a production bicycle with a stainless steel frame?
Why are stainless steel frames pretty much just a novelty?
12-09-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

Unlike probably most skills, there's a world of...

Unlike probably most skills, there's a world of difference between little and none when it comes to riding bikes. Barring some catastrophic health event, once you learn how to balance and steer a...
12-09-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 570
Posted By livedarklions

Good stories about riding are always welcome. ...

Good stories about riding are always welcome.

The least "meaningful" posts I see are ones where someone tells everybody else what they should or shouldn't like, or they put someone down for not...
12-09-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,702
Posted By livedarklions

And if the History Channel has taught me...

And if the History Channel has taught me anything, it's that we can't rule out the possibility that this was caused by aliens, therefore it was caused by aliens.

I agree with you completely. ...
12-09-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

Nothing in the OP suggests that this is a person...

Nothing in the OP suggests that this is a person who has never ridden, and I doubt seriously that such a person would express a preference for drop bars.

You do understand that riding a bike is...
12-09-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

I totally disagree with the trainer advice. If...

I totally disagree with the trainer advice. If someone is picking up the bicycle, it's probably because it's a form of exercise that can be fun.
12-08-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,540
Posted By livedarklions

Does op think that companies set the resale value...

Does op think that companies set the resale value of their former models?
12-08-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By livedarklions

Not so far. That would be stupid, and no one has...

Not so far. That would be stupid, and no one has said that here.
12-08-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By livedarklions

I don't know if that's the best reason, but it's...

I don't know if that's the best reason, but it's not the only reason. I find it very useful for carrying my momentum into a steep hill climb. Also, on a flatbar, mixing it up is good just to get...
12-07-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,540
Posted By livedarklions

Last I heard, Eddy is alive and well.

Last I heard, Eddy is alive and well.
12-07-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 903
Posted By livedarklions

Just out of curiosity, does it rust more with...

Just out of curiosity, does it rust more with clear coat than it does with colored paint, or is it just that the rust shows under the clear coat and doesn't under color?
12-07-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,183
Posted By livedarklions

Call it the Badass Barcalounger.

Call it the Badass Barcalounger.
12-07-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

I got myself hit by a car a couple weeks ago. I...

I got myself hit by a car a couple weeks ago. I consider "mostly ok" to be pretty lucky in my case even as I swear with pain every time I sneeze or tie my shoes.

My theory is never to spend more...
12-07-19, 04:33 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,268
Posted By livedarklions

Glad you're okay!

Glad you're okay!
12-07-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,480
Posted By livedarklions

I think that depends on how much you want to...

I think that depends on how much you want to spend. I have the HS, which are relatively inexpensive, and I have a couple thousand trouble free miles on them.
12-06-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By livedarklions

Well, I only rode 7000 miles this year. How...

Well, I only rode 7000 miles this year. How about yourself? And I'm not riding much right now because I hate riding in snow..
12-06-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By livedarklions

Knock yourself out. Same basic trolling: ...

Knock yourself out. Same basic trolling:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1182590-drop-bars-just-illusion-most-10.html

Take a piece of hardware, and state some variation...
12-06-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By livedarklions

Didn't we just have this stupid thread topic?

Didn't we just have this stupid thread topic?
12-06-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By livedarklions

Troll poster is trolling. Riding drop bars...

Troll poster is trolling.

Riding drop bars on the hoods is very comfortable, and I find the hand position a lot more comfortable over long distances than resting my hands flat on the flat bars....
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